Mqeku was born in Mount Fletcher a small town on the edges of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Mqeku began tertiary education at the NMU, Port Elizabeth with background of Art and design and Architectural Technology. He then completed two years of introductory art and design studies, this qualification comprised of Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramic Design, Drawing and Art Theory. In April 2013, after graduating with a diploma in Ceramic Design, he moved to Bloemfontein and began volunteer work at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, later Mqeku was permanently employed at this Museum. From 2014 Sylvester Mqeku ventured on a project with VANSA, resigning from the Museum and enrolling at TUT Pretoria where he graduated with Ceramics practice and research methods a B-Tech in Fine Art in 2016. At this point Mqeku has been enrolled for an M-tech in design and studio art and the CUT Bloemfontein, while there Mqeku has engaged his recyclable ceramic process in public arts practice in partnership with Goethe Institute Johannesburg, with this process he has also taken up international artist reseidencies including the inagural Blackrock Senegal.
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